Willian pipped to biggest summer transfer by Manchester City’s Brazilian…
fanatix runs down the ten biggest transfers into the Premier League so far this summer…
But with one week left of the transfer window, don’t be surprised to see a few new entrances into this list!
10) Pablo Osvaldo – Southampton from Roma – £13.5m
Southampton look dangerous up top after signing Italian forward Pablo Osvaldo to challenge or partner England man Rickie Lambert. Osvaldo’s feisty attitude and aggression should suit the Premier League – provided he doesn’t miss too many matches through suspension.
9) Andy Carroll – West Ham from Liverpool – £15.5m
The only Englishman on the list – West Ham made Carroll their record signing to take him permanently from Liverpool after last season’s loan deal. The giant forward’s physicality suits Sam Allardyce’s style perfectly, and if fit – should do very well at Upton Park.
8) Paulinho – Tottenham from Corinthians – £17m
Paulinho’s stock rose after a wonderful Confederations Cup tournament with Brazil – alerting a host of European giants of his considerable talent. Spurs fans are excited to see his partnership with fellow samba boy Sandro blossom in the middle of the park.
7) Jesus Navas – Manchester City from Sevilla – £17.5m
The Spanish flyer will provide City with some much needed width if they are struggling to break teams down through the middle. Navas loves taking his left-back on the outside and drilling in dangerous balls across the six-yard-box.
6) Andre Schurrle – Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen – £19.5m
The youngest player on this list – German 22-year-old Schurrle will hope the guidance of Jose Mourinho can turn him into an even better player. UNfortunately for him, he will have to compete with the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Willian and Victor Moses for a starting position.
5) Alvaro Negredo – Manchester City from Sevilla – £22m
The first of two top-notch Spanish strikers on this list – Negredo will probably be used as a backup to Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko this term – showing just how much money City have at their disposal.
4) Stevan Jovetic – Manchester City from Fiorentina – £23m
The Montenegrin attacker has been touted as a future great ever since he was a teenager, and now at 23-years-old, he’s finally made his mega-money move to the Premier League. If he gets the game time he craves at the Etihad, Jovetic could take the league by storm.
3) Roberto Soldado – Tottenham from Valencia – £26m
Spurs eventually met Soldado’s Valencia buy-out-clause to sign the world-class striker they so badly desired. The Spaniards wonderful finishing ability will help Spurs in their pursuit of the top four.
2) Willian – Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala – £30m (pending work permit)
The Blues have beaten off stiff competition from Liverpool and Spurs to sign Anzhi’s Brazilian dynamo Willian – subject to the player being granted a work permit. As if Chelsea needed any more attacking midfielders?!
1) Fernandinho – Manchester City from Shaktar Donetsk – £33m
The Brazilian midfielder is still the biggest transfer into the Premier League this summer – after City snapped him up very early in the window. Technically brilliant, wonderfully creative and with an engine to match – Fernandinho’s partnership with Yaya Toure in the centre could see City win back the title.